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By Kyoto University, and Barbara Molony, Santa Clara University Edited by Emiko Ochiai

Asia's New moms, via a spotlight on childcare, bargains a comparative local research specified in English-language assets of adjusting gender roles in East and Southeast Asia. making an allowance for the old and cultural variations and similarities one of the societies within the zone, the authors hire indepth researches of people's daily stories. The learn used to be performed among 2001 and 2003 in six societies in East and Southeast Asia Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan, Thailand and Singapore. whereas each one makes its personal specific contributions, lots of the essays are educated through theoretical focal issues: modernization and gender and globalization and gender.

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They are rushing to catch up with the process of modernization at the same time that they are being swallowed by the tide of globalization. qxp:Andy Q7 32 13/8/08 13:57 Page 32 Asia’s New Mothers whether they are heading in a direction that Western societies did not experience in the modernization process. In this chapter, we will examine in detail each society under study, then make comparisons and synthesize the findings from different societies. For each society, we will try to delineate the actual childcare practices that people experience everyday based on interviews, observations, and questionnaire surveys.

This chapter interrogates whether mothers are becoming the primary agents of childcare in contemporary Asia. All Asian societies under study are facing tremendous social changes. They are rushing to catch up with the process of modernization at the same time that they are being swallowed by the tide of globalization. qxp:Andy Q7 32 13/8/08 13:57 Page 32 Asia’s New Mothers whether they are heading in a direction that Western societies did not experience in the modernization process. In this chapter, we will examine in detail each society under study, then make comparisons and synthesize the findings from different societies.

Recent studies have focused on carework. ” “Carework” is the work of watching over and helping children as well as the elderly and other adults needing care, work that often is delegated to women and performed at home as unpaid work. Much of what is called reproductive labor belongs to the realm of carework. No matter how much the upheavals of modernity “individualize” the family, care is still needed for those persons who are not independent individuals. It is probably for this reason that “care” has been described as the ultimate function of the family or as a remaining function of families that do not fit the classic form of the modern family – for example, single-mother families (Fineman 1995).

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